Carnival Cruise Lines has cancelled voyages on 3 ships in order to provide housing for up to 7000 Hurricane Katrina refugees.
Federal officials are chartering three of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships for six months, part of a plan to provide shelter for as many as 7,000 people displaced by devastating Hurricane Katrina.
The three ships — the Ecstasy, Sensation and Holiday — will be pulled from regular use starting Monday.
Approximately 920 crew members will staff the 70,367-gross-ton Ecstasy and Sensation, with about 660 running the 46,052-ton Holiday. The Ecstasy and Sensation can each take 2,606 total passengers, while the Holiday can hold 1,800.
“We sincerely apologize to those guests whose vacations have been impacted by these voyage cancellations,” Carnival’s chief executive officer, Bob Dickinson, said in a news release. “This inconvenience … will provide desperately needed housing for thousands of individuals affected by this tragedy.”